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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    Quote: Originally Posted by Happy Dave Regarding the steel mesh. I notice that it is laying on the surface. In Australia, we use a small steel "chair" at the steel intersections lifting it about 2 inches off the surface. yes, they should, some do
    My mob throw down a layer of thumb nail size rocks.

    Throw the reo on top.

    then, as they pour the muck they lift and shake the reo to get muck under it. Seems to work ok.

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    Very interesting house, love the use of the wood.

    Great pics

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    i am sure the price quoted is for some unsuspecting farang who might happen along just off the boat. Unless of course they are getting a 5 star interior to justify anything near that price. The thai builder is obviously having a lend of you re the price. You can build an absolute mansion for that price on prime land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nostradamus View Post
    20 million? Aye right.
    My line when the owner/builder mentioned the price....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Tigger View Post
    i am sure the price quoted is for some unsuspecting farang who might happen along just off the boat. Unless of course they are getting a 5 star interior to justify anything near that price. The thai builder is obviously having a lend of you re the price. You can build an absolute mansion for that price on prime land.
    I've got a place and am not in the market for such a house at any price but I did find the build interesting.

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    I may be wrong, but those tree trunks look like they might be Eucalyptus. One of my wife's relatives used Eucalyptus trunks as the pillars for a Sala between the family's two houses.

    Eucalyptus is a very dense, hard wood, but is prone to splitting and can take up to two years to be properly cured, which is why you don't see it used in construction very often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    I may be wrong, but those tree trunks look like they might be Eucalyptus. One of my wife's relatives used Eucalyptus trunks as the pillars for a Sala between the family's two houses.

    Eucalyptus is a very dense, hard wood, but is prone to splitting and can take up to two years to be properly cured, which is why you don't see it used in construction very often.
    next trip down to this guys build site, I'll see if I can find out the type of trees used as the pillars.

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    Took a swing down on my motorcycle to take a look at the progress being made on the construction of the all wood Thai house being built in fields between Ban Chang and Phyoon Beach. And yes, progress is being made. Even from the distant view from the main road I could see that the ceramic roof had almost been completely installed.













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    Floor joists and the actual floor boards were also in the process of being installed. The owner/builder indicated that they were red wood and were suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. There was a large amount of inventory of red wood floor boards being stored under the house. Builders were using circular saws to make the cuts on the red wood floor boards where needed to be installed and nail guns were being used to nail the boards to joists.










    Three bedrooms is what is planned for and the open veranda area in the next few pictures is a common area for socialization, eating, watching TV, and just generally hanging out. Builder/owner showed me some pictures of what was planned for the interior and beautifully finished wood walls with bookshelves and cabinets and plush furniture with nice drapes adorned the house with complementary accents. My mention of the Jim Thompson house got a chuckle from the builder/owner.



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    The master bedroom will have a Jacuzzi and either a dry or steam sauna. I would suspect that all the upgraded accoutrement will be afforded this house. Builder/owner indicated that his plans are to sell or or rent out rather then reside in it himself. No mention of why.
    Although there was no mention of the type of trees that were used as the pillars, the builder/owner did mention that they were sandblasted to get all the bark off and make smooth.



    I was invited to come on down to the construction site anytime to walk around and take some pictures so will plan on going down again in 2 or 3 weeks. Builder/owner indicated he expected the place to be finished in 5 months time from mid October.

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    Excellent pictures please keep them coming. Looks to be a quality build. Not my choice of roof tile type and colour though.

    I will reserve commenting on the columns until completion.

    Did you manage to stand on the "cantilever" floors, was there any bounce?
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    It's getting better, I reckon this dude (possibly a chick by the under shirt boob protrusions) is about the same height as me so the under house height might be ok after all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Excellent pictures please keep them coming. Looks to be a quality build. Not my choice of roof tile type and colour though.

    I will reserve commenting on the columns until completion.

    Did you manage to stand on the "cantilever" floors, was there any bounce?

    picture comments appreciate OhOh! I share your feeling about the reservation of comments on columns until completion. I do believe thought that the owner/builder will make them look attractive and in place for such a house. We shall see.

    yes, I did stand on the cantilever floors and they did not bounce at all. Even under my 200 pounds, that's 5 stones isn't it? the supports to the floor look to be 2x12 and have 2 of them placed within 12"'s of each other ar intervals that must provide the strength and eliminate and flex.

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    Bloody impressive looking place. Thanks SEA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fresh Prince View Post
    It's getting better, I reckon this dude (possibly a chick by the under shirt boob protrusions) is about the same height as me so the under house height might be ok after all.
    Actually, I made a closer examination of the height being discussed during the last visit. Cement flooring was layed and it appears that anyone under 6 foot (about 183cm) would clear the joists under the floor. about another 12 inches (30 cm) under the joists but watch your heads. IMO, owner/builder could have and should have allowed for more space underneith to creat a more open environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    yes, I did stand on the cantilever floors and they did not bounce at all. Even under my 200 pounds, that's 5 stones isn't it? the supports to the floor look to be 2x12 and have 2 of them placed within 12"'s of each other ar intervals that must provide the strength and eliminate and flex.
    I wonder if it would be cheaper than having to provide a foundation plus a column. That would give you a cost as well as the aesthetic benefit.

    I look forward to more photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    Even under my 200 pounds, that's 5 stones isn't it?
    Not quite mate 14 pounds to a stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    I wonder if it would be cheaper than having to provide a foundation plus a column. That would give you a cost as well as the aesthetic benefit.

    I look forward to more photos.
    don't think the cost was a factor of consideration in this case and from an aesthetically speaking perspective, I think maybe the overhang is the effect he is looking for. but who knows, not my place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzybloke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    Even under my 200 pounds, that's 5 stones isn't it?
    Not quite mate 14 pounds to a stone.
    Great Jizzy and thanks for the constructive correction. So, that make me about 14.28571428571428........ oh, lets just call it 14.30 stones. HEavier than I thought in stones..

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    20 m seems excessive, a good design with separate rooms for cooling
    sounds like he wants to sell to a farung,
    have seen bamboo in concrete and it does work but is better if bamboo is tarred and then apply sand to give grip.
    hope to see more photo's

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    Saturday, 13 November 2010
    Nice day for a cycle ride so I took off on the Yamaha 135 cc cycle to the Phyoun Beach area where the Thai house is being build. The weather has been dry and it has been a few weeks since last updating so I suspected that the progress would have been substantial. Not so much the case though. Although progress was made, I suppose that because of the nature of the work being done it just takes more time. The floor boards of the house were completed, the wood columns were sandblasted and made smooth, and the current effort was directed at having the wood soffit and ceiling installed.
    This first picture is taken from the common area to the 3 bedroom house. The sand blasted columns and completed hardwood floor, and the beginning of the soffit/ceiling can be noted.



    In walking under the house to the ladder leading to the second floor, I noted that the height between the ground and the floor boards is sufficient for most people to walk under without stooping. However, entering that area will probably require some ducking under the perimeter primary floor supports and those taller than about 6’6” (198cm) will have trouble walking upright under the house. From the following picture you can note that there is no insulation or reflective foil under the roof tiles and above the soffit/ceiling boards. The soffit/ceiling and sanded wood columns did have a nice smooth finish and the color I was told would richen to a red/brownish color after a few weeks of weathering.



    Here are a few more pictures of the ceiling work. You will note in the first of these 3 pictures that there is a flat surface cut on the protruding branch from the column. I asked about this because it was prevalent on many of the columns. The builder/owner told me that he was going to install lamps at those locations and had one of the workers go and get a sample lamp that was to be installed.





    I asked the builder/owner when he would begin putting up the walls of the house. I was looking to get a time sequence so that I might plan my next visit but I got a typical Thai answer of when the ceiling is completed. I let it go at that knowing that asking anything more would be a futile exercise.

    This next picture is looking down to the entryway landing from the 2nd floor common area. There will be steps that lead from the ground to the front entryway landing and then a 2nd set of steps from the entryway landing leading straight up to the 2nd floor common area.



    From this outside ground angle, you can imagine the steps leading up from the ground to the entryway landing and then onto the 2nd floor common area.



    The builder/owner indicated that he was going to cover the 2nd floor common area. He did not elaborate as to how he was planning on accomplishing and imagine will just have to wait and see about that effort. While down at ground level, the builder took me over to the storage area and showed me the sinks that were to be used in the bedrooms of the house. There were teak wood as were the pedestal supports for the sink. He went on to say that each of the 3 bedrooms was to have a Jacuzzi and that each of the Jacuzzi’s was to be made of teak wood. We took a walk over to the area under the house where there was a lot of the wood materials to be used on the house. There were some old shutters that he said were going to be refinished and put on the house and the root like furniture that was going to be placed in the house he said that he was going to place some padded silk on the backs and sets of that furniture for use within the house. He has some grand plans and I have to say that after seeing some of the pictures in magazines that he showed me, I can only believe that this Thai house is going to be a piece of artwork. I was invited back again to take pictures anytime. There were supposedly some Japanese and German people looking at the house who were interested in purchasing it. Estimated completion date is sometime in early April 2011.



    In another few weeks I’ll take a run down again to take a look. Anyone coming to the area who might have an interest in seeing this place, send me a PM and we can hook up and take a ride down. Until next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    In another few weeks I’ll take a run down again to take a look.
    Any new photos?

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    no new photos as I haven't been down that way recently. Maybe this weekend. Wanted to make sure that there was some progress before making the ride down that way and taking some updated photos. But yea, it is about time I guess. By next week for sure.

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    I realised at the weekend that I can see this house that is being built from out of my bedroom window. Thanks to this thread I don't even need to stand up now to see what's going on.

    SEA Traveler please add more pictures or I'm going to have to waste energy and stand up. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggsy
    SEA Traveler please add more pictures
    Do you not have a telephoto lens on your own camera?

    Pictures please.

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